Introductory Post

Hi all. My name is Lexi White.  I am a junior in the College studying Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.  I self-identify as a feminist and usually approach my studies with a feminist lens and critical perspective when it comes to assessing culturally constructed gender binaries and norms.  I also view sexuality as a fluid entity through a constructivist lens, and am very interested in how contemporary representations of sexuality, or lack thereof have pervasive cultural effects that limit our understanding and tolerance for “non-normative” sexualities and postures.  I am especially interested in this course, because I imagine it will delve further into this issue of “representation” by exploring queer and feminist representations in film.

Politically, I am an interested in women’s issues and the politics of queer communities.  I canvassed last summer for Grassroots Campaigns’ local office here in Philadelphia, on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, and quickly realized the stark reality of homophobia that runs rampant in our society. I think tools such as film and other forms of creative expression will be vehicles for political and social change going forward, and so I look forward to seeing and assessing more of what “queer” and feminist film representations already exist.  I look forward to learning from all of you and hearing your perspectives throughout the semester.